Mitt Romney's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Mitt is too tired to stop in Orlando
The Romney campaign announced that it was canceling a Monday campaign stop in Orlando because the candidate was too exhausted after nearly 48 hours of pushing Paul Ryan as his V.P. pick, the Orlando Sentinel reported, citing a campaign official.

Romney, After ‘Exhaustion’ Report, Hits the Gym
ABC // Emily Friedman
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Following reports that he had cancelled a campaign event in Orlando due to exhaustion, Mitt Romney hit the gym this afternoon. An aide to the candidate said that after staff meetings and speech prep, Romney spent 30 to 40 minutes at the hotel gym. Romney typically uses the elliptical machine, although it was not clear what equipment he used today.

Romney campaign cancels Monday visit to Orlando
Orlando Sentinel // David Breen and Mary Shanklin
Although Mitt Romney was supposed to visit Orlando on Monday, the campaign announced late Sunday that the presumed Republican presidential nominee was too exhausted to make the trip. The news came after Romney spent what one campaign official said was an exhausting 48 hours of championing his new vice presidential pick. "We've been planning this bus tour for awhile and had to adjust for stuff going on," said Jeff Bechdel, Florida communications director for the campaign. Romney was slated to stop Monday afternoon at the Conway area home of attorney Christi Adams and her finance for what was being billed as an "Orlando Housing Roundtable."

Romney ducks on Medicare differences
Politico // Alexander Burns
Mitt Romney declined to explain any differences between his plans to change Medicare and those included in Paul Ryan’s budget proposal during a campaign stop in Florida Monday. "We haven't gone through piece by piece and said, here is a place where there is a difference," Romney said, when asked by reporters repeatedly about how his budget would differ.  Romney continued to defend Ryan.

Ryan won’t be with Romney in Florida tomorrow; is he medi-scared to visit the Sunshine State?
SaintPetersBlog // Peter Schorsch
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will part ways until the Republican convention at a rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin just a day after the pair joined up, reports Zeke Miller of BuzzFeed. Ryan will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to visit the state fair on Monday, while Romney will continue his swing state bus tour with a stop in Florida. Romney adviser Kevin Madden denied that the campaign was keeping Ryan out of Florida because of his proposal to privatize Medicare for people under 55; tinkering with the program for the elderly has long been toxic in Florida politics.

Ryan could be a drag on Romney in Florida
Miami Herald // Marc Caputo
Republicans are rejoicing at Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. But so are Democrats. Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, is the architect of the Ryan budget plan that makes big changes to Medicare and Medicaid and could allow for some privatization of Social Security. And that’s widely seen as a politically risky stance in Florida, a must-win state for Republicans.

Romney's VP choice could be risky in swing state Florida
Tampa Tribune // William March
Choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney made a bold statement on his campaign's central economic issues but also one that could be risky — particularly in the crucial swing state of Florida. Ryan, 42, a seven-term House member from Wisconsin, is widely viewed as the Republican Party's intellectual leader for his budget proposals, which include the most drastic alterations in Medicare and Social Security ever embraced by a national party.

Host for Romney event is a convicted drug dealer
Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) -- Mitt Romney held a campaign event Monday evening at a Miami juice shop owned by a convicted cocaine trafficker. Romney appeared at El Palacio de los Jugos, which is owned by Reinaldo Bermudez. Court records show that Bermudez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1999 and served three years in federal prison.

Mitt Romney's Stumping In Miami at Eatery Owned By Convicted Coke Smuggler
Miami New Times // Francisco Alvarado
Today, Mitt Romney is foregoing a Miami political campaign tradition by skipping over Versailles restaurant in Little Havana. Instead, Mittens will be hobnobbing with a convicted cocaine smuggler. The Republican presidential candidate is holding an afternoon rally at Palacios de los Jugos at 7085 Coral Way, which is owned by Reinaldo Bermudez, who served three years in federal prison after pleading guilty in 1999 to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Bermudez, AKA "El Guajiro," was a member of 12-person ring that was busted in 1997 for attempting to smuggle more than a ton of yeyo disguised as fish and soap into three South Florida ports. According to Bermudez's indictment, some of his co-conspirators had nicknames straight out of a Hollywood movie like "Ali Baba," "Skeletor," "Buckwheat" and "Stump."

Paul Ryan Could Scare the Bejesus Out of Florida Seniors
Bloomberg // Joshua Green
Now that the initial roar of excitement from Mitt Romney’s surprise pick of Paul Ryan as his running has quieted a bit, it’s worth pointing out that Ryan may pose a huge liability in a hugely important swing state: Florida. Splashed across the front page of Saturday’s Miami Herald was the headline: “Ryan Could Hurt Romney in Florida.” Why is that? Medicare, that’s why. Ryan’s budget would convert Medicare from a defined benefit program to a voucher system that would provide seniors with a fixed sum to buy private insurance, a sum that probably wouldn’t keep pace with rising health care costs and would therefore require seniors to pay more out of their own pocket.

Romney, Fla. Gov. Scott clash over state's economy
TALLAHASSEE -- Numbers may not lie, but Republicans Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Scott are using them to portray two very conflicting points of view about Florida’s economic picture. In a new television ad, the Romney campaign plays melancholy music as it describes “Obama’s Florida” as a state with “8.6 percent unemployment, record foreclosures, 600,000 more Floridians in poverty.” Scott greets the same 8.6 percent unemployment number as a sign of rapid improvement, proclaiming on his website that it is “the lowest it’s been since December 2008!”

In Orlando event, Democrats criticize GOP VP pick, say he's threat to state's priorities
Orlando Sentinel//Mary Shanklin
At a south Orlando auto repair shop near the dead end of a neglected industrial area, the head of the Democratic National Committee on Sunday blasted U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan for proposals to "end Medicare as we know it." The working-class setting was the backdrop for one of the party's first salvos against the newly selected Republican vice presidential nominee from Wisconsin who was selected by presumed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney

In Boca, Wasserman Schultz and busload of critics slam Romney and Ryan
Palm Beach Post // George Bennett
There’s no need to scramble for Democratic prebuttals and rebuttals to Mitt Romney‘s campaign trip to Florida today. Democrats have put together a busload of critics to slam Romney’s proposals and offer home-state counterpoints to new running mate Paul Ryan and Romney’s record as Massachusetts governor. The “Romney Economics: Middle Class Under The Bus” tour rumbled from Miami Gardens to Palm Beach County today and is heading for Tampa with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others aboard.

Sunday Under the Bus with the Dems and Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Orlando Weekly // Billy Manes
With everybody still atwitter about Saturday’s announcement of “next President of the United States” Paul Ryan – and everybody similarly perplexed at Mitt Romney’s alleged Orlando stop highlighting the profitability of foreclosure on Monday that wasn’t – the Democratic National Committee put tires to tarmac on Sunday afternoon for a reprise of its “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” tour, and boy was it like going to look at a bus at a small garage off of super South Orange Avenue! Actually, it was more fun than that, but Sunday politics in oil-stenched warehouse spaces aren’t always our cup of tea.

In Boca, Wasserman Schultz and busload of critics slam Romney and Ryan
Palm Beach Post//George Bennett
The “Romney Economics: Middle Class Under The Bus” tour rumbled from Miami Gardens to Palm Beach County today and is heading for Tampa with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others aboard. Stopping here shortly before noon outside the office of Made In USA Certified, a company that verifies business claims that products are made in America, Wasserman Schultz noted that Ryan isn’t with Romney today but popularity-challenged Gov. Rick Scott introduced Romney at a morning event in St. Augustine. “Both Mitt Romney and his newly announced running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, have proposed massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires while throwing middle class Americans under the bus.